Zubeida Jaffer has been a journalist for the past 27 years. She works independently from her home in Wynberg, Cape Town and is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Cape Town’s Centre for African Studies.
She holds an MSc degree in Journalism from Columbia University in New York and Bachelor Degrees from Rhodes University and the University of Cape Town.
She started her career at the Cape Times in 1980 and also spent a short stint at the Rand Daily Mail in Johannesburg. She has written for a wide-range of publications in South Africa and abroad, earning numerous local and international awards. These include the Muslim Views Achiever Award as well as the Honor Medal for Distinguished Service to Journalism from the University of Missouri in the USA.
She is also the first woman in Africa to have won the coveted foreign journalist award from the National Association of Black Journalists in the USA.
Her memoir, Our Generation, eloquently tells the story of her emotional journey through the years of South Africa’s turbulence into a new democracy. Her latest book, Love in the Time of Treason, has been described as a tour de force.